Samoa

Mose Masoe thanks supporters after 'career-ending' injury

Hull Kingston Rovers forward Mose Masoe says he has been "truly humbled" by the support he had been shown after he suffered a serious spinal injury.

Mose Masoe
Mose Masoe

Samoa international Masoe, 30, was hurt in a friendly match against Wakefield on 12 January and had to have emergency surgery.

In a post shared online he said: "I can't begin to express my love and gratitude to everyone that has been helping me and my family at such a hard time, we are truly surrounded by amazing people/family.

"It's going to be a long road ahead for me and my little family but it makes it easier for us knowing that we are so blessed with all of your support and well wishes.

"The way I'm going to attack this is with a positive attitude and a big smile on my face. Business as usual."

A fundraising appeal set up to help Masoe and his family has so far received more than £30,000.

Mose Masoe: £20,000 raised for injured Hull KR player

An official fundraising page set up to help injured Hull KR player Mose Masoe and his family has received more than £20,000.

Mose Masoe
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Yesterday head coach Tony Smith confirmed that the prop won't play again after suffering a serious spinal injury.

Masoe, 30, was hurt in Sunday's friendly against Wakefield and had to have emergency surgery.

"If Mose is able to walk again that will be a success," Smith told BBC Radio Humberside.

"If you ask his consultant he would not be able to tell you exactly what he will get back to.

"I know Mose is just looking forward to hugging his children again."

The money raised will go towards Masoe's rehabilitation and care, as well as travel and accommodation needs for his family.

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